web analytics
July 6, 2015 / 19 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Hungry on the Road? Your Smart Phone Knows the Best Kosher Places


If you find yourself in Rogers Park, Chicago, and can't figure out where to get kosher food…

If you find yourself in Rogers Park, Chicago, and can't figure out where to get kosher food…
Photo Credit: App website

Have you ever been on the road, realized you were hungry, but had no idea where to get kosher food?  We’ve all had that experience.  But you don’t need to anymore.  “Kosher Near Me” is a smartphone software application (“app”) that will allow you to find kosher food pretty much wherever you are.

Jonathan Myron is a software developer.  Myron also keeps kosher.  In June, 2007 Myron decided it was time to launch a website he called LocateKosher.com.  The site was self-explanatory, and it was pretty useful, but it suffered from a nearly insurmountable hazard – the data became stale very quickly.  There is no greater poison for a website than having outdated information.   Myron imagined that someday, smartphones would evolve sufficiently that they would be the appropriate hosting mechanism for his concept.

That day arrived.  In April, 2011, Myron launched the KosherNear.Me mobile app  compatible with Android phones, the iPhone app was launched in January, 2012, and this April, the KosherNear.Me for Windows mobile went live.

How does it work?

To download the app to your phone, all you need to do is go to your smartphone’s app outlet, and then download – it’s free.  The KosherNear.Me information has been integrated into the LocateKosher.com website.

Because smartphones have a built-in navigation system, all you need to do is click on the app, enter within what range you want to find kosher food, and the listings will appear on your phone.  Conversely, you can enter a specific zip code or search by city, if you are the type to actually plan ahead.  The app also allows you to pull up directions to your destination, and it has a “click to call” button so that you can make reservations or call to find out whether the sweet and sour meatballs are on the menu that night, and it displays an immediate icon so that you know whether a restaurant has meat, dairy or parve options.

What Myron is most excited about, though, is that the mobile application allows for immediate feedback by actual users, which then translates into greater utility for those on the kosher food hunt.  The consumers have become an integral part of the database building mechanism.

KosherNear.Me now has approximately 10,000 users, a steady stream of which provide instant feedback to the site.  That feedback includes names of new kosher outlets, information about restaurants which have closed or changed kashrut supervision, and ratings information.  In turn, the app remains current and the level of detailed information expands. This is a huge step forward from “computer-docked” sites.

According to Myron, KosherNear.Me receives feedback from approximately 25 – 40 users per week.  Part of that feedback includes suggestions for making the site even better, and KosherNear.Me has incorporated many of those suggestions.  For example, a recent suggestion was made to allow sorting of restaurants by specific certification authority, so that  non-relevant listings don’t clutter users’ phone screens.  Myron expects this capability to be available within the next few weeks.

As of August, when The Jewish Press spoke with KosherNear.Me’s developer, there were more than 2o00 restaurants, bakeries or cafes within the app’s database.  The service is available throughout the United States, and is just about completed for use throughout Canada.  By late September the entire English-speaking world will be able to find food that is “kosher near them.”  The next projected build-out will include all the kosher food establishments throughout Europe.

When asked what the biggest obstacle has been for making the KosherNear.Me app successful, Myron’s response was immediate: “New York City.”  He called it a “moving target,” because establishments “come and go so quickly.” There are approximately 800 – 1000 kosher food establishments in New York City, alone.

Because KosherNear.Me tracks a specific aspect of Jewish life, it allows some generalizations to be drawn about the kosher-eating segment of the American Jewish community.  And the news is that services to that community are growing, with tremendous increases seen not only in New York City, but also in New Jersey, California and Miami.

KosherNear.Me is on Twitter and Facebook, so users can share immediate information with others, as well as with the app’s software developers.

One pleasant sidenote the California-based Myron was happy to share, is that Las Vegas has a surprising number of good, kosher restaurants.  Who knew?

 

 

 

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

3 Responses to “Hungry on the Road? Your Smart Phone Knows the Best Kosher Places”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    The best kosher place to live, contact tzvi fishman11@bezeqint.net.

  2. Yori Yanover says:

    Is there a Fishman app?

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Haneen Zoabi (L) and Basel Ghattas (R), Arab members of Israel's parliament, both participated in flotillas attempting to break Israel's legal naval blockade of the Gaza strip.
Who Is Damaging Relations Between Arabs and Jews?
Latest News Stories
Firefighting over Ein Yael, Jerusalem

Firefighters fought a large fire in Ein Yael, Jerusalem, located opposite the Biblical Zoo, and up the road from Malcha Mall.

John Kerry says in Vienna today what he said in Switzerland three months ago.

Reporter Laura Rozen: “How many ways can I say significant progress made but important differences remain?”

Future guard? Arab child with Hamas headband aims toy rifle on the Temple Mount after prayers in the Al Aqsa mosque.

CNN put the UNESCO site at the top of the list, implied Israel it to blame for its being “endangered but failed to mention Jordan’s responsibility.

No eating today.

In three weeks, the Fast of the 9th of Av will be on the 10th of Av.

Netanyahu falsely accused Bennett of signing a coalition agreement that returns more power to Hareidim.

US-led talks with Tehran appear to have reached a deal on sanctions relief: but what about access to Iranian nuclear sites?

Arab leaders realize the existential threat posed by ISIS: Tunisia is at a state of emergency; Egypt has declared “war.”

Six terror fugitives were arrested by IDF soldiers overnight in Judea and Samaria.

PM Netanyahu this week identified ISIS and Iran as Israel’s primary threat. It is a planetary threat that carries the promise of peace.

Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick talks peace in Istanbul with a state official and on A9TV with Islamic scholar Adnan Oktar.

Yifat Shoham, one of the longest-running directors of Leumit HMO in Arad, has passed away. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Once again, rioting Arabs succeed in preventing Jews and other visitors from entering the Temple Mount.

Kerry spent the Fourth of July talking with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Thirty Policemen escorted a total of 21 neo-Nazi in the “anti-Jewification” protest that flopped.

ISIS released a video of a modern-day replay of the thirst for blood in ancient Roman amphitheaters.

The woman who once kissed Suha Arafat has a different attitude when it comes to funding her campaign for president.

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
UN Human Rights Council

US alone voted no on UNHRC Resolution condemning only Israel for wrongdoing in last summer’s conflict.

U.S. President Barack Obama

The President announced he will ignore the letter of the law he just signed because it protects Judea and Samaria.

Remind Sen. Chuck Schumer that he said any deal with Iran must include “anywhere, anytime” inspections.

The OU respects the process which led to the Obergefell decision, but prays religious liberty won’t be sacrificed.

Flotilla activists escorted to Ashdod after IDF deters them from attempting to illegally breach the maritime blockade of Gaza

Hillary Clinton failed to turn over email exchanges with Sidney Blumenthal about Benghazi attacks.

Drexel honors virulent Israel and US critic Noam Chomsky; Drexel Hillel rabbi is enthusiastically supportive.

Jewish American college students report being afraid to wear anything that identifies them as Jewish and told to “check their Jewish privilege.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hungry-on-the-road-your-smart-phone-knows-the-best-kosher-places/2012/08/22/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: